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Final

(4) Boise State 17

(14-0, 8-0 MW)

(6) TCU 10

(12-1, 8-0 Big 12)

Coverage: FOX

8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2010

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#4BSU 7 3 0 717
#6TCU 0 7 3 010

Top Performers

Passing: A. Dalton (TCU) - 272 YDS, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: D. Martin (BSU) - 16 CAR, 42 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: T. Young (BSU) - 8 REC, 72 YDS

Fake punt, TCU's INTs spark Boise State to 14-0, Fiesta win

Associated Press

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Boise State pulled "Riddler" out of its bag of tricks.

Presto: the Broncos stunned Texas Christian in a Fiesta Bowl duel of unbeaten BCS busters.

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After a gutsy fake punt at the Broncos' own 33-yard line, Doug Martin scored the decisive touchdown to give No. 6 Boise State a 17-10 victory over third-ranked TCU on Monday night.

For the second time in four years, the Broncos (14-0) won the Fiesta Bowl with a YouTube-
worthy play.

"I think that's what they expect us out of us, so we're happy to deliver," said Boise State coach Chris Petersen.

Last time, the victim was Oklahoma. This time it was TCU (12-1), which fizzled in its BCS debut.

A 10-10 stalemate came alive with a play straight out of Boise State's goofy playbook.

It's called "Riddler," and TCU couldn't solve it.

Petersen called it on fourth-and-9 at the Broncos' 33. Punter Kyle Brotzman hit wide-open Kyle Efaw with a 30-yard strike on fourth-and-9.

Fast Facts

• Boise State joined the 2002 Ohio State Buckeyes as the only teams to go 14-0 in college football history.

• TCU's win streak ended at 14 as Boise State won their 14th straight.

• Kellen Moore ended the season with 39 passing touchdowns and three interceptions, breaking the FBS record for highest touchdown-to-interception ratio (minimum of 30 pass touchdowns).

• Boise State joined Utah as the second school from a BCS non-automatic qualifying conference with a pair of BCS bowl wins.

• TCU is the first team from the Mountain West Conference to lose a BCS game.

-- ESPN Stats & Information

TCU coach Gary Patterson said the Horned Frogs had worked on the fake in practice, but they were caught flat-footed.

"The fake punt was a great call," Patterson said. "They outcoached us on that play."

Brotzman said he was certain the play would work as he surveyed the Horned Frogs' return formation.

"For us to run a fake like that is gutsy," said Brotzman, who also hit a 40-yard field goal. "That's Boise State football."

TCU never recovered. Broncos quarterback Kellen Moore, who threw for 211 yards, connected on three straight passes to move Boise State to the TCU 2-yard, and then Martin vaulted over a tackler from 2 yards out to put the Broncos up 17-10 with 7:21 to go.

"That was huge, an emotional play," TCU All-America defensive end Jerry Hughes said. "They obviously had the momentum on their side."

The trickery evoked memories of Boise State's BCS debut three years ago, when it pulled out a passel of gadget plays to defeat Oklahoma on the same field.

"Our coaches are creative and they dial stuff up and it works a lot of the time," said Efaw, whose team became the second in modern history to go 14-0, joining Ohio State in 2002.

Unlike the thriller against OU, this game offered little drama for the first three quarters.

It was the first time two schools from conferences without automatic BCS bids have met in one of college football's biggest bowls. But for long stretches TCU and Boise State played as if they belonged in the Poinsettia Bowl, site of TCU's 17-16 victory over Boise State in December 2008.

Just A Dash Of 'O'

The Fiesta Bowl was heavy on defense and light on high-flying offense. It was one of the lowest-scoring Fiesta Bowls in the history of the game.

Year Total points Final score
1978 20 Arkansas 10, UCLA 10
1974 22 Oklahoma State 16, BYU 6
1987 24 Penn State 14, Miami (FL) 10
1979 26 Pittsburgh 16, Arizona 10
2010 27 Boise State 17, TCU 10

Boise State entered as the nation's highest-scoring team (44.2 points per game), and the Horned Frogs were fourth (40.7). But their expected offensive duel turned into a tedious series of punts.

Neither team could muster an offensive touchdown until the final minute of the first half, when TCU's Andy Dalton hit Curtis Clay for a 30-yard score to make it 10-7 at halftime.

TCU's Ross Evans kicked a 29-yard field goal to tie it at 10 heading into the fourth quarter.

The game appeared to be dragging toward overtime until Petersen's gutsy call. After taking the lead, the Broncos called on their unheralded defense to lock up the win.

TCU took over at its own 1 with 1:06 remaining and marched to the Boise State 30 before cornerback Brandyn Thompson disrupted a pass by Dalton, and Winston Venable picked it off with 18 seconds remaining.

Thompson had two interceptions. He returned the first 51 yards for the game's first score, and his second one set up the Broncos' winning drive.

Dalton had thrown only five interceptions in 279 pass attempts during the regular season, when he earned first-team All-Mountain West Conference honors. But the Broncos put pressure on Dalton from the start; late in the first quarter, unblocked defender Kyle Wilson blitzed and flattened Dalton, who came out for one play.

"We stressed all week just swarming to the ball, collectively as a defense," Thompson said.

Dalton finished with 272 yards and a score through the air, but was intercepted three times.

Western Athletic Conference champion Boise State earned its second BCS victory -- as many as Michigan, Penn State and Alabama have combined.

The Broncos are one of only three remaining unbeatens, along with Texas and Alabama, which will play for the national title on Thursday night.

Petersen has resisted entering the national title debate, but it's clear he thinks his spunky team can play with anyone.

"I just know that these kids have the most unbelievable heart," Petersen said.

Some wondered whether the Broncos deserved a shot at the national title. On this night, they were just barely good enough to edge Mountain West champion TCU, snapping the Horned Frogs' 14-game win streak.

Asked if he thought Boise State should be No. 1, Efaw replied, "Probably not. But I mean, maybe next year. I don't know. We have a great team and we fight hard and we're undefeated."

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Team Stat Comparison

 
BSU
TCU
1st Downs1617
Total Yards317308
Passing240272
Rushing7736
Penalties7-707-53
3rd Down Conversions6-181-12
4th Down Conversions2-20-1
Turnovers13
Possession34:4325:17

Passing Leaders

Boise StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Moore23/392115.400
TCUC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dalton25/442726.213

Rushing Leaders

Boise StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Martin16422.619
Avery12201.707
TCUCARYDSAVGTDLG
Turner7223.106
Tucker199.009

Receiving Leaders

Boise StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Efaw47518.8029
Young8729.0030
TCURECYDSAVGTDLG
Young46817.0034
Kerley66510.8022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBSUTCU
TD11:28Brandyn Thompson 51 Yd Interception Return (Kyle Brotzman Kick) 70
SECOND QUARTERBSUTCU
FG08:02Kyle Brotzman 40 Yd 100
TD00:49Curtis Clay 30 Yd Pass From Andy Dalton (Ross Evans Kick) 107
THIRD QUARTERBSUTCU
FG03:52Ross Evans 29 Yd 1010
FOURTH QUARTERBSUTCU
TD07:21Doug Martin 2 Yd Run (Kyle Brotzman Kick) 1710